Dental visits are challenging for all children. However, they are particularly difficult for children with autism. If your child has autism, you will likely find that the unfamiliarity with new smells, loud noises, and sharp tools as well as the intrusion of personal space may stress them out and prevent them from receiving the quality dental care they need and deserve.
Fortunately, making dental visits more predictable may help children with autism receive dental care so that they can keep their teeth, mouth, and gums in tip-top shape and prevent serious problems down the road. To make a dental visit more predictable for your child, you should use visual flash cards or social stories to break down the entire dental experience into small parts.
For example, one flashcard can feature a picture of you and your child in the car on the way to the dentist’s office. The next flashcard could show you and your child in the waiting room. Flashcards that show x-rays being taken, a hygienist cleaning your child’s teeth, and a dentist conducting an examination can also be helpful.
You could also turn on a television show that shows a cartoon character going to a dentist. By doing so, your child will become more familiar with the dental experience and realize that they are not the only one who needs to visit a dentist.
These tips for improving dental visits can also be applied towards visits to the orthodontist. Here at Orthodontics Only, Dr. Derek Sanders has years of experience providing children with autism with top-notch orthodontic care.
When you choose us for all of your child’s orthodontic needs, we’ll allow you to be in the same room as your child during all appointments, keep wait times are short, and ensure that your child has the same orthodontist and assistant for each of their visits for consistency purposes.
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Orthodontics Only understands the challenges that come with taking a child with autism to the orthodontist. We are therefore committed to working with you to make straight teeth and a healthy smile a real reality for your child. Call us today at (305) 598-3384 to schedule an appointment.